By Rachelle Wilber
Workers compensation cases can be one of the most costly types of litigation for a company. In some cases and in some industries, it may be more difficult to prevent your employees from getting injured on the job. However, there are a number of things you can do to make the process easier on everyone. In this blog we will discuss some things to do, as a manager, when an employee does get injured and some tips to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Arrange for Medical Care
You, as the manager or supervisor, are the one who is responsible for arranging the employee’s medical care. Advise them to choose one doctor so the entire process can run smoothly. If it’s an emergency, make sure they get to an emergency room.
Complete Forms Immediately
Process the necessary forms as soon as you know the employee is all right. These forms need to get to the proper authorities within twenty-four hours in order to prevent potential lawsuits.
Stay in Touch With the Employee
You need to be the one keeping in touch with the injured employee. You are the person who takes into account all of the employee’s concerns and questions. Encourage him or her to follow any doctor’s orders. Make recommendations that help him or her return to work sooner rather than later.
Before any accidents happen, provide training for everyone under your supervision. Make sure everyone knows what to do when someone is injured. Emphasize to your employees the importance of reporting any injuries immediately, large or small. When everyone understands the gravity of these types of cases, your job will become a lot easier.
Take every precaution to prevent any injuries. Provide regular safety training and proper safety gear. Note which employees may have past injuries or other physical conditions that might prevent them from being able to do certain aspects of the job.
Have Legal Help
In case of a lawsuit, have an attorney handy. There are a number of things throughout the process of any workers compensation case that can go wrong, from an employee not reporting an injury immediately, to negligence on a supervisor’s behalf. Keep a lawyer like Ravi Sattiraju, who deals with employment laws in New Jersey, in your contacts list to minimize these problems.
With these tips in mind, managing and preventing employee injuries should be a lot less costly and time consuming.
Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @.